Im not big on texting anyway, so Im not super fast at it (im decent, but only because i have a keyboard), and its hard to do when a toddler is trying to grab the phone from you. I am seldomly ever one to start a text message conversation, except with DH, and we both have the same texting rules:
1. No shortened words unless its something you would shorten in a handwritten note (ex. we dont abbreviate "you" as "u" but we will type "w/" for "with". So, no "Pls dont 4get 2 call me 2nite when u get off work" because it really only saves 10 characters and it makes me feel like Im married to someone who is uneducated)
2. Understand that a text message is not a phone call. Just because you texted me, does not make me obligated to text you back asap. I might have my hands in the dishwater (or in his case, he might be planting a tree). If you REALLY need something, call me.
3. Dont be rude or curt over the texting.
It is so much easier to communicate via text with him than with some of our "k" family members. When someone texts me, and then I spend 2-3 minutes typing them an answer and all I get back is a "k" it makes me wish they had just called. Because then at least they would say, "Bye!" or "Thanks!"
To me, the same thing applies to emails.. People have no idea how rude they sound when they leave out words. They think they are saving time, but in actuality, they come off as a b*tch. I have a client that does this.
We sent her an estimate and she wrote back "Too expensive for right now. Maybe later. Schedule me for mowing this week."
It would take 10 more seconds to type, "That is too expensive for me right now. Maybe I can swing it later. Please schedule me for mowing this week. Thanks!"
Anyway, of course it is the people that I already dont like in my life that do this the most often, so I cant decide if it is a rude person thing, or if people just dont know that they are coming off as rude. I have found that people in the age range of my parents (no offense to anyone) who didnt grow up with technology are more prone to abbreviations, so I try to give them some slack. My parents are 45-50 and until a few months ago they abbreviated everything via text message. My 18 year old sister finally told them that she felt like she was communicating with a little kid when they texted her. AND, they both had Iphones, so no real excuse for the silly abbreviations.
Ok, Im done with my rant. Does anyone else think that email/phone etiquette shouldnt really be that much different than real life etiquette?